We just returned from five days at ACE Adventure Camp, with my friend, my daughter, and her friend. While there, we stayed in the cedar cabins, which were immaculate and smelled wonderful; the bathhouse, about a 30 second walk away, was kept clean and tidy as well, and was serviced several times throughout the day. The beds were quite comfortable, with trundles under each of two double beds in the cabin. Our only complaint was that we had to share a fire ring with the cabin next to us, but there were other places to go to have a fire as the camp was not crowded at all. This may be an issue if you're set on having a fire at night and the camp is full. ACE guides were helpful, knowledgeable, and for the most part very patient. For instance, my daughters friend was reluctant to repel down the side of the hill. The guide coaxed and encouraged him. When it became apparent that he was not going to repel (which was handled discreetly by letting the others go first so he wouldn't have an audience) the counselor was understanding, gave him kudos for trying anyway, and the young man left the experience without repelling but with pride still intact! No small thing, in my opinion.
As for the activities, they were worth the price and not out of line in comparison with other camps and activities! We did zip-lining, climbing, repelling, ATVing, and kayaking. The lake ($12.00/day) was not really worth the money for adults (no place to swim) but for kids it's a great place to cool off and have fun. All are required to wear life jackets in the lake; it is apparent that it's safety first and foremost at ACE for all adventures.
The food, however, needs improvement. Very expensive breakfast buffed with mediocre warm food. Dinner buffet a bit better, but not worth the money. Eat outside the camp, if you can.
As for other restaurants in the area, and I cannot stress this enough, eat at Vandalians! The food was a bit pricey, but well worth it in comparison to other places. Delicious, unusual fresh combinations, upscale atmosphere, and thoroughly enjoyable. The Secret Sandwich Society is also a great place to have a bite. We enjoyed Pies and Pints as well. Take my advice, though, and avoid Diogios, which served Mexican food. I paid $49.00 for food which was overly expensive in relation to the quality. In fact, my friend couldn't finish her meal as it was much too spicy and did not contain the ingredients it said it would! You may as well eat at the camp and save the gas money!
All in all, ACE Adventure Camp is a great experience and provided us with a relaxing time as well as an adventure to remember for a long time to come! We had a blast, and will definitely return there again, hopefully in the near future! Go there, and see for yourself!
- Also Known As:
- Ace Adventure Camp Hotel Oak Hill